Meeting the new film makers
The Film Club met up with the filmmaker for the first time, and to ensure that all names could be remembered, we played an alliterative memory game where you had to say your name to the group plus something that you like doing, which had to begin with the same letter as you name. Plus you had to mime the action as well. We had igloo makers, cheese eaters and even someone looking for gold ... hopefully we can remember some of the names as well!
How is a film made?
As we are going to be doing all aspects of film making throughout the 15 sessions, we thought we better check that we know all of the things that go into making a film first. We started by putting the five stages of film making in the correct order [Development, Pre-production, Production, Post-production and Exhibition & Distribution] and then each young film maker was given a film making element and had to work out where in the process it went. These ranged from script writing through acting to screening the film. In the end, after a little bit of swapping around, we all agreed that we had got everything in the right order, which is useful because that is the order that we are going to have to do it in as well!
We just had enough time to fit in a quick ideas development session. The group created some random words and then, in groups of four, used the three random words they were given to come up with an story idea for a film. After ten minutes of lively discussion we shared our ideas with everyone. There were four fine stories in all. We had an apple who made an ill-fated bid for freedom, a magic pot that transported all that touched it into a crazy new world, a football player who battled all the odds to overcome a bad injury and return to the field and finally a computer network that went rogue and fought the human race and caused total oblivion. Some interesting themes there - we may look at these further in the next session ...